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Eddie Van Halen guitar auction: two custom models are up for sale

The late Eddie Van Halen was a hard rock virtuoso who also enjoyed designing his own instruments. Two of his guitars are now slated for auction.

In a sale that’s bound to pique the interest of many a guitarist, two custom-made instruments owned by the late legend, Eddie Van Halen, are heading for auction. The Eddie Van Halen guitar auction will be hosted by Julien’s as part of its Icons & Idols Trilogy: Rock ‘n’ Roll event.

Both guitars were partly designed and built by Van Halen, demonstrating that while the virtuoso took a unique approach to technique, he also applied creativity to the making of his gear.

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The collection consists of a 2004 EVH Charvel Art Series electric, with a maple neck and a Strat-style headstock (pictured below left). The other guitar on offer was a collaborative effort between Van Halen and his guitar tech, Matt Bruck, complete with Kramer headstock and hardware (pictured below right).

Eddie Van Valen guitar auction

Both axes are fitted with Floyd-Rose tremolo systems — perfect for those Van Halen-style dive bombs —and single humbuckers. No nuances here: these guitars are for shredding purists.

Both also share the same distinctively striped finish. A technique that Van Halen optimised on his Frankenstrat, it involves the use of tape and multiple layers of paint to create an abstract aesthetic — a Van Halen hallmark.

The auction event is taking place on December 4 and 5, with the guitars expected to fetch somewhere between $40,000 to $80,000 USD each. Visit Julien’s auctions for all the details.